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Joachim PolzerThatta Kedona - The Toy Village of Pakistan - Part 1 - with English Subtitles (Germany 2005) (May 8, 2005)

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Presented at Globians Film Festival 2005: Thatta Kedona is a remarkable village in rural Pakistan. 36 volunteers from Western countries have visited and coached the village people in a help to self help project since 1991. Dolls and tin toys reflecting regional cultures of Pakistan are products which generate cash income for the farming families through the local cooperative-like NGO. But those volunteers from Western countries are also having fun by working creatively in a remote village of Islamic society with strong overlays by the traditional culture of Indus Valley (Harappa 3.000 B.C.), the Mogul period, influences from the colonial British-India period and the Punjab country culture. Hence the playfulness of a "toy village" is on both sides: for the villagers by manufacturing hand-craft toys for cash in a not-yet industrialized region avoiding rural exodus to the big cites (poverty slums that are generated in cities by migration). -- And on the other side one can notice the joy of Western volunteers being confronted at work by their own history framework but in present time and with a very foreign and sometimes strange context.

This movie is part of the collection: Globians Film Festival

Director: Joachim Polzer
Producer: Joachim Polzer
Production Company: Polzer Media Group GmbH & Globians Media Project
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: German and English, English subtitled version
Keywords: Globians world and culture documentary archive; Globians Film Festival 2005; Globians; German Cinema; documentary; Pakistan; development aid; development projects; NGO; NGOS; Germany; German; Punjab; River Ravi; Okara; Lahore; dolls; tin toys; ethnic groups; Senta Siller; Norbert Pintsch; solar; water; adobe architecture; local culture; cooperatives; rural development;
Contact Information: All rights reserved for commercial use of this work. Please contact Polzer Media Group GmbH (Potsdam, Germany) for licensing (www.polzer.org). Music used in this work is subject to licensing at www.magnatune.com. "Globians" is a registered trade and service mark.

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The documentary "Thatta Kedona - The Toy Village of Pakistan" has a total running time of 183 minutes and is split in to two parts of 91 and 92 min. each.

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